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10 Time Formula Car National
Champion & Skip
Barber Racing Instructor
Professional driving requires a professional attitude, or philosophy,
towards how to drive. Driving at its core is getting from point A
to point B at the best speed safety compromise. It's about
transportation. Driving at 3 mph, or 33 mph, might be safer, but
it is not efficient, since time is an essential part of the
transportation equation, hence, driving the highest "safe" speed.
"Safe depends on the driver's skills, road design and condition,
traffic, weather, vehicle, vehicle condition and load, and laws and law
enforcement. This last can be an unfortunate arbitrary obstacle
instead of a vital safety tool, just ask the people in New Rome, Ohio.
And now the philosophical problem. Point A to point B does not
involve, and must not involve, emotions or emotional reactions, games,
or any other non driving logic based behavior. Driving as
transportation should not be a game.
So blocking, much less active
blocking, is out (hello New Jersey!). Make it easy, not hard to pass
you, but not at the cost of blocking yourself into a corner.
Turn signals, useful information
before the car brakes or turns, are in.
Pick a speed and stay with it,
inconsistent speeds are out.
Right lanes are in, they are the
safest due to the shoulder escape route.
Driving at high speed past a line
of stopped cars to get ahead of them is out (I have witnessed
several serious accidents via this alone).
Stopping at stop signs is in, as
is looking twice each direction.
Forward vision is the highest
priority so following closely is out, and the bigger the obstruction
the further back and to the side we need to drive. Yes, drive
on the part of your lane which gives you the best visibility
forward, and around that curve (see tip "Eyes" and "Focus")
Brake checking is out (unless you
want to start a road rage incident), as is reacting to anything
BEHIND you. So if you do not like what is happening behind you
ignore it. It is what is happening in front of you that
Drive the speed limit so as not to
impede others, it is usually artificially low. If it often
seems high, this may mean you are not looking through the corners.
Check the "Eyes" tip. Not looking through corners is scary
(look where you want to go, not where you are going), and cutting
corners over the yellow line is the result. You (very few)
trained drivers, have patience with slower traffic.
Yes, drive an ESC equipped car,
but also fit proper tires. Neither ESC nor all wheel drive can
increase braking traction or performance (stopping distance), only
stability. But proper tires can do exactly that.
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